Posted by Chris Lambert
What a finish to the weekend as temps hovered near 80 degrees with low humidity. We had some early to mid afternoon clouds to blotch out the sun at times, but they were harmless, no rain out of them. Those clouds were created with the daytime heating, so once the sun sets, those clouds fade away, leaving mainly clear skies overnight.
Monday starts off dry with sunshine, but that sunshine fades as clouds increase and showers start to move in. Early afternoon showers work into Worcester County, and by the evening commute, even the coast is wet. The most widespread rain/thunder moves in during the evening and overnight hours, and as of lately, when it rains, it pours. Heavy rain at times produces another 1-2" of water, creating more localized street flooding and small stream flooding by Tuesday morning. That Tue AM commute could be a slow one. There may be dry hours with breaks of sun on Tuesday at times, however that presents a problem. Any day time heating adds to the instability of the atmosphere and could produce strong/severe thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Wednesday has the number of showers lower, but still a few pop up showers fire in the afternoon.
The general trend toward the end of the week is to dry things out. A pop up shower or storm may fire inland Friday afternoon, but much of the Thursday-Sunday timeframe appears quiet with temperatures in the mid 70s to lower 80s.
Side note: It was 60 years ago today that a tornado, just about the size and strength of the one that hit Moore, OK, tore through several towns of Worcester County, including the city of Worcester itself. The tornado on June 9th, 1953 reach 1 mile in width and was on the ground for an hour and a half, producing F4/F5 damage across the area, indicating winds near 200mph. Unfortunately, 94 people lost their lives during that storm. For more on that set-up and tornado check out http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/papers/WorcesterTornado53_files/WorcesterTornado53.html